News and analysis
February 06, 2011

No. 3: T. Denny Sanford

Amount donated in 2010: $162.5-million

Biggest beneficiary: Sanford Health Foundation

Other key beneficiaries: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Florida Hospital for Children

Donor’s background: Mr. Sanford is chairman of United National Corporation, a banking business in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mr. Sanford, 75, gave $100-million to the Sanford Health Foundation, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to establish a national institute focused on research into and treatment of breast cancer. Foundation officials plan to announce more information about the center, such as where it will be located, in August. In 2007 Mr. Sanford pledged $400-million to the foundation to establish pediatric clinics in the United States and abroad and to support pediatric health care and medical research. He paid off the pledge in 2009.

In addition to his new gift to Sanford Health, Mr. Sanford pledged $50-million to support research programs at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, which has locations in La Jolla, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; and Santa Barbara, Calif. The institute was named for Mr. Sanford last year after he pledged the gift. He had also given the institute $20-million in 2007.

Mr. Sanford also pledged $10-million to the Florida Hospital for Children, in Orlando, for a new pediatric hospital and $2.5-million to Vision360, an evangelical Christian missionary organization also located in Orlando.

— Maria Di Mento

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